Category Archives: Society 社会

Kong Lingping’s “Bloody Chronicles”: Lin Biao’s Flight and Aftermath

Another excerpt from my draft translation of Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles 血纪 Section Two   The shock waves of September 13th During the historically unprecedented butchery of the Cultural Revolution, while terrible violence and terror enveloped the entire country, the Central … Continue reading

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Qing General Zeng Guofan on Precursors to Social Chaos

Golly I hope he wasn’t talking about the USA these days! I assume he must have had the Taiping Rebellion in mind.   The famed Qing statesman, scholar and general Zeng Guofan  曾国藩 (died 1871) talking about the three necessary … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Mao’s Former Number Two Man Lin Biao

Today I happened across some intriguing quotations from Chairman Mao’s former second in command and close comrade in arms Lin Biao on Wikiquote. Lin Biao was accused of betraying Mao and died in a mysterious plane crash in Öndörkhaan, Mongolia … Continue reading

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“The Execution of Chen Li” from Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles

  Excerpt from my draft translation from Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicle. I knew Kong Lingping when I worked in Chengdu. The story of the political prisoner Chen Li who was executed at the beginning of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.  I am … Continue reading

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1998 PRC Environment Book “Deep Concerns” by Zheng Yisheng and Qian Yihong Translation Summary

The 1998 book by Zheng Yisheng and Qian Yihong, economists at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, made a deep impression on me twenty years ago when I worked in the Environment, Science and Technology section of U.S. Embassy Beijing. … Continue reading

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General Liu Yazhou: Great Critics are Often Great Patriots

The Chinese Elections website at the Carter Center, which collects many enlightening articles from the Chinese press on its website, shared this recent WeChat public account posting by PLA National Defense University political commissar Liu Yahou.  Liu Yazhou is a … Continue reading

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Review of Wen Hai’s “The Gaze of Exile – The Testimony of China ‘s Independent Documentaries” in Hong Kong’s Ming Pao Weekly

Book review  by Janice entitled “The Truth that Cannot be Suppressed” of Wen Hai’s  “The Gaze of Exile – The Testimony of China ‘s Independent Documentaries” in Hong Kong’s Ming Pao Weekly  November 9, 2016 书评:禁不住的真實/Janice :文海 《放逐的凝視─見證中國獨立紀錄片》 2016年11月9日 香港明报周刊 When … Continue reading

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